U-M experts available to discuss Japanese election

December 6, 2012

The campaign bus of 長島 昭久 (Nagashima Akihisa), a DPJ candidate for the Japan 2005 Lower House Election. Image courtesy of wikimedia.orgThe campaign bus of 長島 昭久 (Nagashima Akihisa), a DPJ candidate for the Japan 2005 Lower House Election. Image courtesy of wikimedia.orgADVISORY

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan experts are available to discuss the political, economic and legal issues in the Dec. 16 election in Japan.

They include:

Kenneth McElwain, assistant professor of political science, can discuss Japanese politics and the economy. His research interests include public opinion, party/campaign strategy and election analysis. McElwain was a co-editor of the book “Political Change in Japan” (2009). Contact: (+1) 734-615-5685 or [email protected]. More about McElwain: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/polisci/people/faculty/ci.mcelwainkenneth_ci.detail

Kiyoteru Tsutsui, associate professor of sociology, can discuss Japanese politics. His research interests include social movements, globalization, impact of global human rights on Japanese politics and the changing discourse around the Asia-Pacific War in Japan. Contact: (+1) 734-763-0088 or [email protected]. More about Tsutsui: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/soc/people/faculty/ci.tsutsuikiyoteru_ci.detail

Linda Y.C. Lim, professor of strategy at the Ross School of Business, can discuss Japan’s economic challenges. Her research focuses on the political economy of multinational and local business in Asia, including the changing international trade and investment environment, and the influence of domestic politics, economic policy and culture on business structure, strategy and operations. She can be reached at (+1) 734-763-0290 or [email protected]. More about Lim: http://www.bus.umich.edu/FacultyBios/FacultyBio.asp?id=000119685

Mark D. West, the Nippon Life Professor of Law and director of the Japanese Legal Studies Program, can discuss legal reform. He is the author of five books, including “Lovesick Japan: Sex, Marriage, Romance, Law” (2011); and “Secrets, Sex and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States” (2006). Contact: (+1) 734-647-3729 or [email protected]. More about West: http://web.law.umich.edu/_facultybiopage/facultybiopagenew.asp?ID=21

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